battle axe

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Replica battleaxes (weapons)

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battle axe (plural battle axes)

A battleaxe block or battleaxe lot.
  1. An ancient military weapon, an axe designed for combat, including (in heraldry) when borne on arms as a mark of prowess.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page x:
      Another battle-ax, in the same collection.
  2. (informal, sometimes humorous) A domineering, antagonistic woman.
  3. (informal) An electric guitar.
    • 2013, Kiley Armstrong, “"108 Rock Star Guitars" reveals battle-ax beauty”, in Associated Press[1]:
      The instruments (one's named Baby) evoke tender talk from macho musicians. But some of these battle-ax beauties have seen more action than a roller derby queen: They bear the gashes and sweat stains to prove it.
  4. (Australia, usually spelt "battleaxe") An allotment of land at the rear of another property, with a long, narrow strip of land connecting it to the roadway.
    Synonym: flag lot

Usage notes[edit]

Formerly a term of mild opprobrium, "battle-ax" or "old battle-ax" is now sometimes a term of approval or self-identification for an assertive woman.



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  • The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at [2]

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